Before he ever played a game of high school basketball Dane Goodwin received an offer from Thad Matta and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The reason for that was his ability to shoot the basketball, and Goodwin showed off his ability to do that at the Premier Health Flyin to the Hoop event in suburban Dayton.
Playing only minutes away from UD Arena where his dad starred as a player, Goodwin poured in 34 points and did it an efficient manner. He knocked in shots from deep, converted in the mid-range, and then also finished at the rim when he had a lane. It was an impressive showing from Goodwin who continued his monster junior season.
About his year, Goodwin said, "I think this year I have gotten a lot better. I am doing better in the mid-range and now I am getting by people. Last year I kind of lacked that, but this year I have done a good job with it, and just getting into a groove."
Just a junior, Goodwin actually committed to Ohio State over two years ago, and ever since then he and Matta have been building a tremendous relationship, and Goodwin is ready to get to Columbus and be a member of the Buckeyes.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Matta," said Goodwin. "I know this year hasn’t been the best of years, but I am confident in him and I expect Ohio State to get it going a little bit."
Already a part of a three man recruiting class, Goodwin says his role will be to play off the ball and provide a scoring punch for the Buckeyes when he gets to campus.
"I think my role all depends on who else is there," noted Goodwin. "The recent commitment from Justin Ahrens means we can play off of each other. He is more of a three, and I am more of a two guard, so we can play off of each other well. The rest will just depend on who is there when I get there."
Goodwin is having a big time junior year, and is primed for a tremendous spring and summer with All-Ohio Red in the EYBL.